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It is hard to overestimate the importance of the Beatitudes to early Christianity. This is especially true of Matthew’s version (Matt 5:3–12), which received comparatively greater attention than Luke’s version (Luke 6:20–26). Early Christians saw the Beatitudes, in Augustine of Hippo’s words, as perfectum vitae christianae modum (“the perfect mode of the Christian life”; Aug. Serm. D…

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Eklund, Rebekah, “Beatitudes”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 03 October 2023 <>
First published online: 2022

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